Heat vs. Knicks live stream: How to watch NBA Playoffs game 1 right now, start time, channel

Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks in action against Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat in a Heat vs. Knicks live stream
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New York's Madison Square Garden hosts the Heat vs. Knicks live stream today, which finds a history-maker visiting a resurgent franchise. And while the historic rivalry between the teams may not mean everything to those playing in this 2023 NBA Playoff live stream, NY is probably more focused on how they're down a big name. 

Heat vs. Knicks live stream cheat sheet

Date: Today (Sunday, April 30)
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. BST / 4 a.m. AEDT
Watch in the U.S.:
ESPN3/ABC on Sling TV or Fubo
Watch from anywhere: with ExpressVPN.

On Wednesday, Jimmy Butler's 42-point game led Miami to beat the Milwaukee Bucks. This was only the sixth time ever in the NBA Playoffs history where a No. 8 team upset a No. 1 seed. The Heat ended the Bucks' playoff aspirations early, in Game 5 of the first-round series.

The Knicks also arrived after ending a series in the fifth game. Experts had predicted Jalen Brunson's Knickerbockers would need all seven games before the series began, but Cleveland seemed to fall apart under pressure.

Expert predictions favor the Heat, as the Knicks do not expect Julie Randle to play. He re-sprained his left ankle in the series-clincher against the Cavs.

DraftKings, at the time of publication, has the Knicks (-170) as favorites, and Heat (+145) as the underdogs. So, betting $170 on the Knicks would earn you $100, and a $100 bet on the Heat would net you $145. These numbers are tighter since this morning — when Randle’s status was unknown.  

Here's everything you need to know to watch the Heat vs. Knicks live stream online (and we've also got the details for the Warriors vs. Kings live stream).

How to watch Heat vs. Knicks live streams from anywhere on Earth with a VPN

Having trouble actually getting ABC or ESPN? Even if you can't watch the Heat vs. Knicks live streams on cable, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. Here are our top picks.


We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. 

Heat vs. Knicks live streams around the world

Heat vs. Knicks live streams in the U.S.

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The Heat vs. Knicks live stream is on ABC at 1 p.m. ET.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package? With the right pick from our best cable TV alternatives, you'll be able to watch it and all of the NBA playoff games. But for as much as we like FuboTV, it doesn't have TNT, which has been crucial for playoffs. 

Instead, you may want to get Sling TV, one of the best streaming services. ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3, which is available through Sling Orange. ABC is also available in select markets for Sling Blue. Those markets are Chicago (WLS), Fresno (KFSN), Houston (KTRK), Los Angeles (KABC), New York (WABC), Philadelphia (WPVI), Raleigh-Durham (WTVD) and San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (KGO).  All but Fresno, Houston and Raleigh will pay $5 more per month for ABC in either Sling Blue or Sling Orange & Blue.

Oh, and not only is Sling 50% off for the first month is a perfect place to watch all of the NBA playoffs, as ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3. Sling Orange gets you TNT, ESPN, ESPN3, and its Sports Extra pack gets you NBA TV.

Of course, you can also watch the games on the more expensive services, such as YouTube TV ($73 per month, but $63 per month for the first three months), Hulu + Live TV ($70 per month) and DirecTV Stream ($75 per month, down to $65 per month for the first three months).

ABC can be pulled down with one of the best TV antennas.

Sling TV:50% on your first month!

Sling TV: You can get ESPN and TNT in the Sling Orange package. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more. And you can save 50% on your first month!


Fubo.TV is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Pro Plan ($74.99 per month), you get over 120 channels, including all the local broadcast networks and top cable brands like Lifetime, AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. 

Can you watch Heat vs. Knicks live streams in the UK?

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NBA fans in the U.K. will be able to watch the Heat vs. Knicks live stream on Sky Sports Arena.

If you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £24/month to add those channels. You'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. Pricing starts at £11.98 for day & mobile month membership, with month-long access for £34.99.

Not in the U.K. right now? You may need a little help from a service such as ExpressVPN.

Heat vs. Knicks live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada can catch the Heat vs. Knicks live stream on SportsNet. It's airing on SN360 at 1 p.m. ET.

Can you watch Heat vs. Knicks live streams in Australia?

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Probably. Aussies can watch the 2023 Playoff live streams on Kayo Sports, a major destination for NBA action. ESPN Australia, if you get it, is another means, but it's unclear if either will host the Heat vs. Knicks live stream.

Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for both its Basic and Premium plans, more than enough time to confirm they're actually showing the games. The Kayo One package costs $25 per month thereafter, and Kayo Basic is $30.

The $35 per month Premium Kayo plan gives you all the same things as the normal plan, but it offers three simultaneous streams. The Basic plan gives you two streams at the same time. 

Not in Australia but usually a Kayo subscriber? You may need a little help from a service such as ExpressVPN.

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.